PHMSA Forum Explores Best Safety Practices and Developments

March 27, 2019

By Anthony Punt, Editorial Assistant  

When it comes to protecting the public from liquid/gas pipeline failures—particularly those of a potentially catastrophic nature—NACE members play a vital role. To that end,CORROSION 2019 hosted a forum in which industry experts addressed the issue of corrosion in pipeline safety.

The “PHMSA Pipeline Safety Forum” took place on Tuesday, March 27 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. local time. This forum was held in Davidson Ballroom A in the Nashville Music City Center.

Presented by Kevin Garrity, executive vice president of Mears Group, Inc., the forum offered best pipeline safety practices and the latest developments from both a regulator and industry perspective. Policymakers, regulators, and stakeholders discussed the role of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and other agencies in improving pipeline safety and asset integrity.

The first speaker was Linda Daugherty, PHMSA’s deputy associate administrator in the field operations division. “In a world with changing dynamics, my hope is that people will do what’s right to maintain safety,” Daugherty said.

The second speaker was Vince Murchison, member and manager of Murchison Law Firm, PLLC. “The level of experience in the room was greater than I was expected,” Murchison said. “The passion for safety was evident.”

Finally, Geoff Vignal, a strategic advisor with Enbridge. “The common thread between each of the presentations was the changing public dialogue around pipelines and the importance of ensuring safety with these assets,” Vignal said.

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